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26th April 2012, 3:40pm
Lincoln Academy presents: An evening with Director-General of the BBC Mark Thompson
BBC Director-General Mark Thompson The University of Lincoln is delighted to host an evening with the BBC’s Director-General on Tuesday 8 May.

Mark Thompson, who is responsible for the Corporation's services across television, radio and online and for a global workforce of 20,000, will be in conversation with the Lincoln School of Journalism’s Barnie Choudhury in front of a public audience.

It will be a chance to gain a unique insight into the life and career of one of the most powerful men in the media before he eventually steps down from his current role at the end of this year.

Mark joined the BBC in 1979 as a production trainee. He helped launch Watchdog and Breakfast Time, was an output editor on Newsnight, and was appointed Editor of the Nine O'Clock News in 1988 and of Panorama in 1990.

As Controller of BBC Two from 1996 to 1998, he saw the channel win acclaim for strong programming such as Our Mutual Friend, The Royle Family and Storyville. He was the BBC's Director of National and Regional Broadcasting from 1999 to 2000. In 2000, he became the Director of Television. Mark was also Chief Executive of Channel 4 from 2002 to 2004.

Barnie said: “I will be asking Mark to remember some of the big stories and events in the BBC during his time as Director-General so it is sure to be a fascinating evening.”

The event starts at 6pm in the University’s EMMTEC building on the main Brayford Campus and refreshments will be served afterwards. Tickets are free, but please contact the Events Office to reserve your place – 01522 837100 or email

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